Chief Executive Officer
Greg joined Semper Capital Management in 2008 as the Chief Operating Officer and in 2010 became the firm’s Chief Executive Officer. In addition to leading Semper Capital, Greg serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee and is a member of the Risk Management and Compliance committees. Prior to joining Semper Capital, Greg served as Founding and Managing Member of CP Capital Partners, LP. Greg previously served as an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company in the Financial Services Group. Greg began his career over 19 years ago and served as a Captain and Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Greg earned an AB from Princeton University.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Greg joined Semper Capital Management in 2010 and serves as President & COO with overall responsibility for the firm’s execution and personnel. Greg chairs the firm’s Risk Management Committee and serves on the Investment and Compliance Committees. Greg has over 22 years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining Semper Capital, Greg served as an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan and began his career on the mortgage-backed securities desk at Salomon Brothers. Greg earned an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and a BA from Saint Lawrence University.
Tom Mandel, CFA
Co-Founder, Senior Managing Director & Senior Portfolio Manager
Tom co-founded Semper Capital Management in 1992 and was Chief Investment Officer from inception through 2005. He is a Senior Portfolio Manager with primary responsibility for the firm’s index-based and short duration strategies. Tom serves on the Risk Management, Investment, and Compliance Committees. Prior to founding Semper Capital, Tom served as a Principal and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at 1838 Investment Advisors. He previously served as a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Century Institutional Advisors. Tom began his career in 1984 as a Portfolio Manager and Credit Manager at Chase Investors Management Corp. Tom earned an MBA and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
Zach Cooper, CFA
Chief Investment Officer & Senior Portfolio Manager
Zach joined Semper Capital Management in 2015 as the Deputy Chief Investment Officer and assumed the role of CIO in January 2017. Zach is a Senior Portfolio Manager with primary responsibility for the firm’s absolute return and total return strategies. As CIO, Zach has primary oversight of all Semper investment activities. He has over 22 years of experience in the structured products market. Zach previously served as the CIO and Portfolio Manager of the Treesdale Rising Rates Strategy. Zach was responsible for all portfolio construction and investment decisions in the strategy, investing primarily in Agency MBS IOs and IOS. Prior to Treesdale, Zach served as Managing Director at the PrinceRidge Group and was the sole trader of all non-agency MBS and ABS products. From 2001-2008 Zach was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Highland Financial Holdings Group where he managed a $2 billion portfolio of RMBS and mortgage-related ABS. Zach began his career at Deutsche Bank Securities where he developed and ran proprietary securitization models and later managed a proprietary MBS derivatives portfolio. Zach earned a BA from Harvard University.
Portfolio Manager, ABS/Credit
Gil joined Semper Capital Management in 2016 and serves in the role of Sector Specialist for ABS, non-security assets, and credit. Gil has 14 years of experience in structured products markets, private investments, and corporate credit. Prior to joining Semper Capital, Gil served as Chief Financial Officer of Texas Exchange Bank as well as Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Q Investments, a multi-strategy investment firm, where he focused on private investments, CLOs, high yield, leveraged loans, and distressed debt investments. Gil previously served as non-agency MBS credit trader at Morgan Stanley. Gil began his career in the Investment Banking Division at Lehman Brothers. Gil earned both an MBA and BS from Duke University.
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Chris joined Semper Capital Management in 2016 as the firm’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. In addition, Chris chairs the Firm’s Compliance Committee. Prior to joining Semper, Chris was in the Business Law Department of Goodwin Procter LLP in New York. Chris began his career over 10 years ago in Vanguard’s Legal Department following service as Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Chris serves as a Deputy President, Region II (NY), of the Hispanic National Bar Association, is on the Board of Directors of the College and Community Fellowship, and a Committee Member for the Veterans Roundtable of New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). Chris earned a BBA from Temple University and JD from Rutgers Law School.
Managing Director, Institutional Sales
Clarence joined Semper Capital Management in 2016 as Director of Institutional Sales. Clarence has been advising Institutional clients for over 18 years on a variety of asset classes including alternatives and private equity. Prior to joining Semper, he served as Managing Director at Mariner Investment Group, LLC. He is the Vice President and Treasurer for the National Association of Securities Professionals-New York Chapter and also a Board member for Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers. Clarence earned a master’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA with honors from Wesleyan University.
Vice President & Director of Operations
Alex joined Semper Capital Management in 2012 and is actively involved in portfolio, risk management and investment analysis activities. Prior to Semper Capital, Alex served as Assistant Vice President of fixed income analytics and operations at Dexia Credit Local. Alex began his career over 8 years ago at ZAIS Group as a structured credit analyst. He earned a BS from Providence College.
VP & Director of Investor Relations
Maria joined Semper Capital Management in 2012 and is responsible for Investor Relations. Prior to Semper Capital, Maria spent several years working in education. Maria began her career as a Commodities Trader for ADM and earned a BS from St. Peter’s University.
Susan Clayton Hammann
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Susan joined Semper Capital Management in 2015 and is responsible for Semper’s marketing efforts, media relations, corporate philanthropy, and public relations. Susan has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and PR. Prior to joining Semper, Susan served as Director of Public Relations for Asia Pulp & Paper. Susan began her career as a tax and budget lobbyist in Washington, DC and earned a BA from the University of Virginia.
Kevin joined Semper Capital Management in 2015. Kevin interned at Semper Capital across 2012 and 2013, supporting the investment team’s RMBS investment activities and working exclusively on the enhancement of the firm’s proprietary RMBS credit model. Kevin is responsible for portfolio and security level quantitative analytics in support of the firm’s Sector Specialists, including deal structure analysis as well as model-building for esoteric securities. Kevin earned a BA from Dartmouth.
Chris joined Semper Capital Management in 2015 and supports the firm’s Sector Specialists in portfolio and security analytics. Chris also supports the Senior Portfolio Managers with portfolio reporting and analytics. Chris earned a BS from the University of Florida.
Ari joined Semper Capital Management in 2016 as an Analyst and supports the firm’s Sector Specialists in portfolio and security analytics. Prior to joining Semper, Ari was a graduate intern at TIAA-CREF Asset Management in 2015 where he focused on alternative investment products. Ari also served as a Senior Associate at Duff & Phelps, LLC. Ari has a BA from Yeshiva University – Schottenstein Honors Program and a MS from Columbia University.
Dan joined Semper Capital Management in 2014 as an Operations Analyst. Prior to joining Semper, Dan was an Analyst at American Capital specializing in structured credit. Dan earned a BS from Towson University.